In the 2024 King’s New Year Honours List, Albion chairman Tony Bloom has been recognized for his significant contributions to football and to the Brighton and Hove community. He has been granted the MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire), acknowledging his remarkable achievements with Brighton & Hove Albion and his extensive services to the city through numerous investments and charitable contributions.
Born in Brighton in 1970, Tony is a true local, raised in a family of devoted Albion supporters. His early passion for the club was nurtured by attending matches at the Goldstone Ground alongside his grandfather Harry, father Ronnie, and brother Darren.
The Bloom family has been integral to the club since the 1970s. Tony’s grandfather, Harry, served as vice-chairman to Mike Bamber during the team’s memorable ascent from the Third Division to the First Division of the EFL. His uncle Ray has been a director of the club since the 1980s.
Tony said, “I’m incredibly proud and truly humbled to receive this recognition, and while I’m honoured personally, it would not have been possible without so many people who’ve helped us achieve what we have.
“I’d like to thank my fellow directors, our staff, coaches and players who have been vital to the progress we’ve made. It has been an historic year for the club and this is a wonderful way to cap off a truly unforgettable 12 months.”
Tony has played a pivotal role in the club’s extraordinary development, personally funding and supervising major projects including the building of the American Express Stadium, which opened in 2011, and the world-class American Express Elite Football Performance Centre, inaugurated in 2014.
Following the club’s record-breaking finish of sixth last season, Tony was named the European Club President of the Year at the Golden Boy Awards. In May 2017, he received the freedom of the city of Brighton and Hove in honor of the club’s elevation to the Premier League. Additionally, he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Brighton in 2018, further solidifying his legacy in both football and community development.